Sunday, April 26, 2009

Prompts keep hitting home. Today's was miscommunication. I think I spend way too much energy trying to be clear, to fine tune, to get communication just right. I try too hard and get tangled up and in the end what I really want is just the same thing a child wants, love, connection, acceptance, being heard.


Child's Plea

It's really quite simple.
Please love me.

I pick you a flower.
Please love me.

I cry when you leave.
Please love me.

I paint you a picture.
Please love me.

I dance on the table.
Please love me.

I get sick and whimper.
Please love me.

I get straight A's.
Please love me.

I do all my chores.
Please love me.

I sulk in the corner.
Please love me.

I fight with my brother.
Please love me.

I eat my green peas.
Please love me.

Why don't you hear me?
It's really quite simple.

Victoria Hendricks, April 26,2009

5 comments:

Judy said...

I think I spend so much time trying to get my communication right, too, Victoria. I often fall short though because it also depends on where the receiver is in their lives and how they percieve things said. Love, connection, and acceptance is certainly what I search for. That really hits home. Perhaps the reason we write is to make that connection.

Peggy said...

I love this poem Victoria. And it really is so simple sometimes, the things we want. I sometimes get caught up in anxiety about being clear about what I am trying to say--especially if it is with someone I care about and about something that matters. Long training writing for the newspaper did help be speak and think more simply and directly much of the time though. I had not thought about that but I am not anxious about being clear nearly as much as I used to be. Just practice I guess.

Lynne said...

Beautiful strong poem, Victoria, that cries out for a wider audience. Yes, it is really quite simple, yet so hard for so many to really get it.

Mary said...

I do love this poem, Victoria....it IS quite simple, I think.

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